At last–my revamp of Mike Daisey’s site is up and running. Check it out at:
If you don’t tinker with web development, you should skip the next chunk of this dispatch. It’s 100% geeky.
Those still reading may be cringing when you see Mike’s new site. “My God! You used frames!”
Yes. Yes, I did. Bwah hah hah hah!
Some banner scripts don’t allow the TARGET tag needed to open the clicked link in a new window. They only let you specify the URL itself, which they pass to a function that generates the full HREF tag.
On top of everything else, we’re hosting Mike’s site on Windows NT. This drops my options for scripts dramatically–no Perl, for example. We’re on NT because of the host, which gives us practically unlimited bandwidth for a very reasonable price. This is a very important feature because of all the Quicktime movies we serve, and so far this host is the best-suited and most-affordable option we could find, excepting the fact that the damn thing runs on Windows.
So, after trying a dozen or more banner-rotation solutions, the clumsy META REFRESH is the only one I get to work. Ah well.
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I bought a new microphone today for the video camera and then made a boom. Thanks Home Depot! I got 4 sections of 1/2″ x 24″ PVC pipe, threaded at both ends, with connectors. The 1/2″ threaded tip is a perfect fit for the threaded attachment to the mike–I can screw the mike right onto the end of the book and go from 2′ up to 8′ if needed. It’s freaking brilliant and it only cost $7.
Tomorrow night I go to New York City. I’m so pleased they got the light memorial up and going. The photographs look lovely. I’m looking forward to the whole experience, actually.
In the afternoon before the flight I’m heading to Wizards of the Coast to sign copies of Call of Cthulhu D20 with several other contribuors. WotC is setting aside a couple hundred copies to sell through their online store. These copies are signed and each includes a CD of music by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, a compilation of existing tracks assembled by WotC just for this edition. I believe there’s even a little rules supplement for use with the CD. You put the CD in on random play during your game, and each song applies different modifiers to combat and such while the song is playing. It’s a silly idea they did for fun, but who knows? Might be good. I expect the books to be beautiful.